4 Piece Band: Lead Vocalist; lead guitar & vocals; bass guitar & vocals; drums
* Fun cool rock and pop band
* Both strong female and male vocals
* Entertaining energetic & experienced professional musicians
* Exceptional rock and pop sound
* Great extensive setlist 1950s-2000s
* 2600 Watt PA system for excellent quality sound
* High quality LED lighting display
* Can provide first dance music FREE of charge
* Can provide music on ipod/CD between & after live sets FREE of charge (Please see Profile/ Ask your agent for details)
* Acoustic set also available
* Have performed at 1000 gigs over the last few years
* Best rates in Hertfordshire
Established for over 10 years CandyStripes consists of 4 highly skilled and experienced musicians fronted by a dynamic female vocalist.
Meet the band
Hannah - Lead vocals
"I can't believe such a big voice came out of such a tiny person!" ... is one of Hannah's frequently heard comments!
A versatile accomplished and charismatic singer Hannah is highly trained in many vocal styles whilst performing on stage with rock bands and in Musical theatre for the last decade. Gigs are always well remembered and enjoyed through the high-energy performance she brings to every show.
As an actress she has worked with David Jason Ian Jury Stephan Dennis and played Josie Duggan in EastEnders. Recently Hannah has been on Sky & ITV2 in a '888.com' advert.
She delights in her job with CandyStripes as lead singer and fronting the band. Hannah also enjoys dancing songwriting and teaches Pilates.
Al - Lead Guitar / vocals
Al is a creative and dynamic guitarist originally trained in Classical & Jazz – alongside this his true roots belong to rock! Being a devoted player for 20 years he has played over 1000 gigs in various originals and covers bands in the UK also playing bass for one of these.
Currently Al is writing and composing his own songs in his studio to build up a catalogue of work… Most recently working on instrumentals in the jazz vibe. “I’m trying out different styles sounds & production… when I do the rock stuff I really get into vocal harmonies which is something CandyStripes are really good at!” Al provides excellent backing and various lead vocals in the band. When Al is not gigging with CandyStripes he teaches lead guitar and is a member of The Registry of Guitar Tutors.
Rob - Bass / vocals
Rob is the bass player in CandyStripes. He provides excellent vocals for the band with his husky Gallagher-esque voice singing various lead vocals and backing harmonies therefore giving the band a full and pleasing sound.
He has played in several originals bands in the top live music venues in London and is a prolific and talented songwriter having written several hunderd songs and recorded 5 albums of his own.
Gareth - Drums
Gareth is an exceptional and passionate drummer who is able to play for any occasion. His experience as a drummer spans over 20 years and has been with CandyStripes since the beginning. He has also enjoyed drumming for originals bands including recording songs and videos.
In addition to the band he is a Drum teacher living and working in Northamptonshire.
CandyStripes have performed at high profile venues ranging from many Stately Homes to the Marquee Club the Guildhall in Southampton the London Astoria 2 The Roadhouse and the Mean Fiddler.
In addition they have played the most prestigious live music venues in and around London.
The band's equipment
CandyStripes use a 2600 watt full range PA system to cater for audiences of up to 800 people, which provides you with a full and balanced sound. This equipment is suitable for ALL audience sizes, from under 100 guests up to a large venue with 800. The band also provide a complete professional lighting display consisting of 8 x LED Par 64 cans, 3 x Prolight LED Colour Burst Up Lighters & 1 x LED flower to light the band and dance floor.
The band's image
CandyStripes will dress in smart casual for most occasions, always well presented and stylish at the same time! For corporate and black tie events they will dress more formally.
The band's music
Our show consists of 2 x 1 hour (or 3 x 40 minute) sets from a wide range of popular rock, indie & pop music - from 1950s rock 'n' roll to 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s & 2000s inlcuding artists such as Beatles, Kings of Leon, Lady GaGa, Beyonce, Elbow, The Killers, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Snow Patrol, Rihanna and many more! Please see our complete song list below.
The band can provide music between and after their live sets on MP3 player/ipod and CD for no extra charge - If the band's final set finishes before 12 midnight (E.G. 11-11.30pm), up to half an hour's music can be provided, saving you the hassle of booking a DJ! While this is not a 'manned' service with requests etc., you are welcome to bring your CDs and MP3 players with you.
Candystripes can also provide an acoustic set playing 2 x 30 minutes of acoustic tracks. This booking option is ideal for afternoon drinks receptions or over dinner entertainment. Please see booking options for more details.
They are also happy to learn a special first dance for no extra charge, providing they have at least 4 weeks' notice.
CORPORATE CLIENTS INCLUDE
BT Around The World Global Challenge
SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL
TALL SHIPS 2000 & 2002
VOLVO OCEAN RACE
22 SAS REGIMENT
FIRE BRIGADE Welwyn Garden City
POLICE CLUB Chigwell, Essex
BEAULIEU MOTOR MUSEUM, Hampshire
CELTIC MANOR HOTEL - Newport, Wales
CHILWORTH MANOR, Hampshire
THE COMET HOTEL - Hatfield
THE DORCHESTER HOTEL - London
THE ELVETHAM, Hampshire
THE GUILDHALL - Southampton
HANBURY MANOR - Ware
HAUGHLEY PARK BARNS, Suffolk
HERSTMONCEUX CASTLE, East Sussex
LEEZ PRIORY, Essex
MAISON TALBOOTH HOTEL - Essex
MARRIOTT HOTEL - Slough
MOOR PARK MANSION
PENDLY MANOR - Tring
THE ROSE GARDENS - St Albans
THE ROYAL WELLS INN - Tunbridge Wells
THE RUSSEL HOTEL - London
TEWIN BURY FARM HOTEL, Hertfordshire
ST ENODOC HOTEL - Cornwall
TIGER TIGER - Croyden
TOWER THISTLE HOTEL - London
WESTENHANGER CASTLE, Kent
"Dear Hannah & band, I was at the wedding of Amanda and Phil on Saturday night and I just wanted to write and say how fantastic I thought you guys were! It was me who put in a request for Brown Eyed Girl! It was an amazing evening and is a long time since I've seen a wedding rock like that! Please would you let me know if you play in any pubs or clubs where we could come and see you!? Thanks again for making it a truly wonderful evening! Best wishes, Elisa"
July 2008, wedding of Amanda & Phil Newington
"I would like to thank yourself and your band members for playing at our wedding on June 14th at Scalford Hall. All I can say is WOW!!! Your band were amazing, all my guests said how fantastic you were and I liked the fact you catered for all age groups. A big voice for a small person!!! You kept the dance floor full all night !!! These are just a few of the comments guests made. I was very impressed when you played our song for our 1st dance - Andy Williams - can't take my eyes off you.. It was nice to be able to do the dance more than once especially after all the lessons we had gone through. We did not want it to end !! Thank you once again"
July 2008, Wedding, Joanne and Stuart Power
"Dear CandyStripes! We just wanted to say a big thank you to you all for your fabulous performance at our wedding at Hunton Park on June 27th. You really made our evening extra special, and everybody commented on how great you were. I was certainly glued to the dance floor all night- when I probably should have been talking to our guests! We had a really fantastic time and would definitley recommend you to anyone wanting to book a band for their wedding. Thank you all, you were great, I hope you all enjoyed yourselves as well. Many many thanks, Hayley and Andrew Burgess"
June 2008, wedding of Hayley & Andrew Burgess
"Dear CandyStripes. On behalf of the Friends of Prestfelde School and, indeed, the school itself, I would like to thank you so much for making our annual Summer ball such a fantastic evening with your wonderful, energy-packed playing. As you saw, the dance floor was overflowing throughout the night and it was all down to the fabulous mix of music that you chose and sang/played with such talent and professionalism. We were delighted that you said you would be happy to return to play for us and all I can say is that, if we do stage another ball next year, you will be top of my list for the band. Yours sincerely, Jo Nicholls (Ents – Ball Committee 2008)"
June 2008, Prestfelde School Summer Ball, Shrewsbury
Hope all is well. Just wanted to say a big thank you for entertaining the troops. Everyone enjoyed themselves tremendously and some too much maybe. All the best, Ross"
July 2008, Ross & Cathryn Nicholls, wedding